I haven’t made this clear but TV comes to life in a house in my hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas. I will probably say that shortly. All my stories seem to lead back to Pittsburg one way or another. Because… well, that’s where I am from.
This one is a bit of a joke about the fact that I don’t think anyone has any idea about how to catch a bus in Southeast Kansas. There did used to be one. I honestly don’t even know if you can ride a bus to my hometown anymore. How crazy is that? How do you even get out of town if you’re poor? I just don’t get it. Could you get trapped there forever?
I think maybe I have finished a short story. I am showing it to some friends right now… hoping a few of them will take a look at it. Trying to see if it makes sense to folks. Then maybe I will submit it to some places. I am a bit worried that like everything else I write it doesn’t have a place, genre-wise, anywhere. It’s a story about a superhero but it isn’t exactly a superhero story. It’s more about what a romantic loser he is. Gchat features prominently. OK Cupid is also relevant.
Yesterday, I began recording The Flying Saucer Philosopher for Podiobooks.com. I am going to release the book without Casa Del Queso on a bunch of other platforms at a lower price. It will have also received a little bit of a rewrite over the course of this, but it will be a gentle one. A rewrite that will clear up some of the typos and also make a few things a bit clearer. I found some decently big errors along the way in producing the story.
So, if you don’t want to read it straight through, in a few weeks you should be able to listen to it on your iPod for free.
Speaking of listening, here’s an episode of HowSound from PRX. Half of it is about a school custodian who is also an editor at a poetry journal and works with some of the students one-on-one on writing. Since I am feeling very old lately, I thought I would include a link to this story about one old guy who’s still doing it and making a little bit of a connection.
Or he did.
He’s dead now.
TV: I think I would like to go east. How do I go east?
Overalls: Well... you drive.
TV: How do I go east if I can't drive?
Panel 4-9 They stand their silently while Overalls makes slightly different pensive faces.
Panel 10. You can now see that they are standing on a corner. There is a lawn behind them and a stop sign in the foreground.
Overalls: A bus! I think you could take a bus.
TV: Cool. Where do I get one of those?
Panel 12-15 Different pensive faces on Overalls.